Under normal circumstances it would be okay to express surprise that an individual who assumes the name 'Abigail' is a male. What makes the situation taboo is that the individual is not simply someone fooling around with screen names but rather is making a lifestyle statement.
Re: Surprised by Reality! Omigawd!
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No sir. Your postings (not just the one that started this thread) have identified you as either a bigot and a troll, or so woefully immature that your opinions on sexuality should be kept to yourself until those issues are worked out. You are not a child and no longer have license to be this socially akward about gender.
Substitute black/white for male/female. Or Christian/Muslim, or gay/straight or any other potentially opposable groups and re-read your post. You should be horrified and ashamed.
And now you backpedal and make excuses. Be an adult: admit you were wrong and move on. *plonk*
My opinions on sexuality are my own. If I choose to be surprised that someone who calls himself 'Abigail' is a male then that is hardly bigoted. Bayes Rule would suggest that if you know someone is calling themselves 'Abigail' then there is at least a 99 percent chance that they are female.
When a one percent probability event occurs such as a male 'Abigail' then one is entitled to feel and express surprise. Which I did.
Wow, I am seeing a side of the Monks I have never seen before. Flame war with me as the target.